The second day of symposium was action packed and we were pretty exhausted, so the third and final day was made possible by coffee!
master class was informative and focused on fundamentals. He explained
the harmonic series to a student and had them play some harmonic
exercises. Embouchure was also a big focal point.
After a quick and delicious lunch at Padthai, we attended Chad Burrow's recital. I really enjoyed his Variations sur un air du Pays D’oc by Cahuzac and KlezMuzik by Simon Sargon.
We snuck away for one last run through the exhibits, where I bought
way too much music and played with lots of accessories. Here are some
colorful ligatures from the Lomax booth.
I also thought that this Bass/Bb/A triple case was amazing. It is pretty light but also has wheels as well.
I also had a great time trying out equipment at Buffet, Muncy Winds, Vandoren, and Lisa’s Clarinet Shop to name a few. It’s like Christmas in June for a clarinetist!
We ended our stay at the symposium with Greg Raden’s master class
which focused on orchestral excerpts. He talked about the necessity of
having the full part since many excerpt books are filled with errors and
about how imperative it is to mindfully practice and make sure that you
are making corrections. The importance of knowing what each piece is
about, especially in a programmatic piece such as Symphonie Fantastique was also discussed.
OU Clarinet Symposium
was a great experience and I am glad that it has returned! It’s always
great to get together with friends and to make new ones. I have
certainly returned home with a lot of new ideas and lots of
inspiration. Thanks to everyone who made this possible and for showing
us a wonderful time.